Pioneer Residents Honored By Their Relatives And Friends

Frank and Nettie celebrated their 60th anniversary in conjunction with another couple they knew at the Roscoe Methodist Church.  Approximately 250 persons were at the church to fete the couples.  There were brief talks, numerous congratulations, and each couple received a gift – an expression of genuine friendliness and regard – to four persons who served their community and church long and well.

As published in The Beloit Daily News, Monday, March 21, 1938:

Roscoe Couple Observes 60th Anniversary

A host of relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cummings at Roscoe yesterday.  They observed their 60th wedding anniversary.

Community Pioneers

Mr. and Mrs. Cummings are Roscoe’s oldest couple.  They are pioneers of the community and their years of wedded life eclipse those of any other couple in the village.  There was a dinner at the Cummings home, and their sons, Roy and Leon and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Carry Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. Will Trimmer, of Rockton, Mrs. L. M. Rhodes, Beloit, and Mrs. Ida Steward of Roscoe, all relatives, were present.

Mr. Cummings is 83 years old.  He was born in Oneida county, New York, and he came to Roscoe with his parents when he was three months old.  The family returned to New York and again moved to Roscoe when he was six years old.  He has retired now but he was a farmer, stock and implement dealer before he discontinued his business career.

Reception at Church

Mrs. Cummings was born in Canada near Niagara Falls.  She came to Roscoe with her parents when she was eight years old and has been a resident of the community for 72 years. Absent from the event yesterday was a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Yoakam and her children who live at Pasadena, Calif.  They were home last year.

 

Little Old Lady From Pasadena

Mrs. Frank B. Cummings, 89, a former resident of Roscoe (Illinois), died last Saturday at Pasadena, Calif.  She is survived by a son, R. L. Cummings of Roscoe, and a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Yocum of Pasadena. Mrs. Cummings was born Sarah Antoinette Lundy and people called her “Nettie”.

Death notice was published at bottom of page 1 of: Rockton Herald Thursday January 30, 1947

She wore Ashes of Roses

ROCKTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 1878

Last Friday the post office was well filled with envelopes containing invitations from Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Lundy to attend the marriage ceremony of their daughter, Wednesday evening, March 20, at 8 o’clock, F. B. Cummings and Miss Nettie Lundy.  Another envelope contained an invitation for Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Cummings’ reception on Thursday evening, March 21st.screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-46-38-pm

ROCKTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1878

ROSCOE ITEMS.
Early Wednesday, March 20th, Dr. Lundy’s house was filled to overflowing by the friends to witness the marriage of Nettie Lundy and Frank Cummings.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. H. Reeves, who has great tact in that line of business, making every thing pass off so nicely and pleasantly.  The bride was dressed in ashes of roses colored dress, and the groom in conventional black suit.

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After the ceremony, supper was served, and then a pleasant sociable time was had.  The company all dispersed before midnight.  About $150 worth of presents were received, among which were the following:
Two large family bibles, a silver tea set of six pieces, a walnut extension table, an easy chair, silver spoon holder and syrup dish, silver castor, solid silver sugar ladle, pair silver napkin rings, camp chair, glass sauce dish, glass tea set and pitcher, toilet set, vaces, goblets, brackets, chromos, maps, and numerous other articles of less value.

Thursday evening following a large company assembled at Mr. A. B. Cumming’s.  The evening was spent as such parties usually are, and the supper at both places was the best that could be gotten up.  There were from 135 to 150 at each party. The happy couple go to house keeping on Mr. Benedict‘s old place. May they live long and be happy.

Seventeen of Nettie Lundy’s scholars went up to Beloit, last Saturday, and had their pictures taken in a group to present to her.

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Flood of 1918

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The Roscoe, IL homesite of the Roy Cummings family, directly north of the bridge on the east side of Main Street, had a steep bank and several feet of level land next to the creek, which flooded to more than twice its normal size in February 1918.

This post is taken from information in the book, Roscoe by Dorothy Hunter with Doris Hunter Tropp, published in 2013 by Arcadia Publishing

 

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He listed Roy in the suicide note

“If and when I die, please ship my body to Roscoe, Ill. No autopsy. Correspond with Roy Cummings, Roscoe, a cousin. No funeral here. Money in the brief case can be used for immediate expenses. Thank you. Please embalm in Boulder, Colo. (Signed) Fred Lundy.”  There was $850.00.

There is no known record of Roy’s reaction of receiving news of his cousin’s death.

Much mystery surrounds the death of his cousin Fred. The article shown below from June 1947 describes the gruesome story of the death of his two friends, sisters, that were found shot in the head.  Emily Griffith, famed Denver educator, and her sister Florence were found dead in the mountain cabin built by Lundy.  Dinner had been set for three.  Not long before, Emily had been seen carrying groceries from a small store to the cabin.  Lundy was seen sitting on the porch.  Within 20 minutes, neighbors saw Lundy take his car and drive off.

Before reading more, remember everyone is “innocent until proven guilty”.  A 2013 article, yes 66 years later, concludes that there are other suspects that stood to benefit from the death of these sisters.

After a lack of activity the following day, neighbors investigated and found the bodies of the sisters.  Denver police broadcast a statewide pickup call for Lundy and asked Los Angeles, San Francisco and Salt Lake City police to spread the alert.

It wasn’t until nearly two months later, on August 16, 1947, a fisherman waded into South Boulder Creek and poked his fishing pole at a carcass he’d found wedged beneath a rock. He was standing on a boulder midstream, and at first he thought it was a dead animal—until he saw the legs. The body was so badly decomposed that the face was unrecognizable. Most of the person’s clothing had been ripped off by the water.

The loose-rock riverbank near Pinecliffe was soon crowded with Denver detectives, the Boulder County deputy coroner, and the local sheriff. It took nearly an hour to hoist the body from the water. The coroner could still make out a slight indentation on the male victim’s right thumb. That, and the partial dental plate on the lower jaw, would help identify Fred Wright Lundy.

Article from the Dixon Evening Telegraph

Article from the Dixon Evening Telegraph

An Angel Silenced:  Sixty-five years after her death, Emily Griffith’s legacy still influences Denver.

Lundy’s biography from:  Documentation of Historic Properties in the Gilpin Tunnel District, Gilpin County, Colorado

Born in Kansas in 1887, Fred Lundy spent most of his younger life in the city of Chicago. Sometime between 1900 and 1919 Fred Lundy relocated to Denver, Colorado and began working as a carpentry teacher at the famed Opportunity School founded by Emily Griffith. Soon an intimate relationship developed between Lundy and Ms. Griffith and the two thought to retire to Pinecliffe, where Lundy had been vacationing for years. Upon arriving Fred used his carpentry skills to build Emily along with her younger sister Florence a cabin at 174 Main Street in Pinecliffe in 1925. Fred Lundy too resided here while he constructed his own cabin at 4142 Coal Creek Canyon Road on property owned by E.P. Klein.

For some time after arriving Fred Lundy was known for curiously disappearing into the surrounding woods for several days at a time, and returning lighthearted and sociable. In 1935 it was discovered he had located the Miranda Placer deposit and was busily and secretly extracting gold from his find. He eventually amassed a small fortune, and by 1947 he had gathered approximately 8,000 dollars. He and Emily then decided they would leave on a trip for some time, leaving their cabins behind. Before they could depart however tragedy struck Fred Lundy and Emily Griffith.

1891 in Frank Cummings’ Wallet / “Now Keep Your Nose Clean…”

The above picture (front/back) appears to be one of several receipts that he had in his wallet.  This one describes the sale of 4 parcels of land in Sault Ste Marie to EB Colton.  The paper serves his guarantee to FB Cummings to repay him $100.00 at 8% interest.

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